Tag Archives: hiring out of slaves

6 January 1864: “Cousin Mary says, don’t you think she could hire Derry in Wilmington?”

Item description: Letter, dated 6 January 1864, from Catherine “Cattie” Kennedy to her stepmother, Catherine DeRosset Kennedy.  She discusses slaves belonging to the family, and circumstances of hiring them out. [transcription available below images] Item citation: From folder 60 in … Continue reading

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15 December 1863: “she does not want him hired at the same place next year. he writes her poor fellow that they have given him no clothes & he is much in need & begs to have his place exchanged.”

Item description: Letter, dated 15 December 1863, from Eliza Ann DeRosset to her sister (believed to be her sister Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis of Hillsborough, N.C.). The letter discusses supplies needed by various members of the family, particularly clothing. DeRosset also … Continue reading

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27 November 1863: “We have enough from the hire of hands to live comfortably upon & surely never did people meet kinder friends than we have done.”

Item description: Letter, dated 27 November 1863, from Frances Devereux Polk at Asheville, N.C., to Harriett [last name unknown], in which there is a description of family events of the previous year, including their removal to Asheville. Item citation: From folder 4 … Continue reading

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15 February 1863: “If you were hear with your boyes you would have no trouble to get shut of them”

Item Description: A letter, 15 February 1863, from Charles Atwood to William Pettigrew at Haywood, N.C. Atwood sought information about the pending arrival of Dick, a slave he apparently agreed to hire out from Pettigrew. His letter also suggests that … Continue reading

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3 February 1863, “I very much fear that famine will be among the trials that avail our people…”

Item Description: Letter, dated 3 February 1863, from Jane Gibert Pettigrew North (abbreviated JGN) to her brother, James L. Pettigrew.  She is writing from Badwell, a family plantation in South Carolina, to James while is is practicing law in Charleston.  … Continue reading

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27 January 1863: “…he heard that there was 100 negroes to hire out in Winston…”"

Item description: Letter, 27 January 1863 from Emanuel Fisher to a member of the Pettigrew family, presumably Charles Lockhart Pettigrew, reporting on the condition of the slaves hired out by the addressee through Mr. Fisher for work in the Winston, … Continue reading

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20 January 1863: “400 lbs cotton – For the hire of Milly & Rose the present year we or either of us promise to deliver”

Item description: Contract, signed 20 January 1863, for the hire of two slaves, Milly and Rose, entered into by L.J. Ellinor and William Ellinor. Item citation: From folder 40 in the William Francis Martin Papers, #493, Southern Historical Collection, The … Continue reading

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19 January 1863: “Jack and family I left at Mocksville Venus was not in a condition to be moved…”

Item description: Letter, 19 January 1863, from John A. Campbell to William S. Pettigrew. The letter details Campbell’s attempts to move and hire out Pettigrew’s slaves in and around Winston, North Carolina. Item Citation: From folder 261 of the Pettigrew … Continue reading

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16 January 1863: “Allen informs me that himself and his family have not, as yet, received all the clothing due them for the past year.”

Item description: Letter, 16 January 1863, from William S. Pettigrew to Dr. A. Palmer regarding the hire of a family of Pettigrew’s slaves. Item Citation: From folder 261 of the Pettigrew Family Papers #592, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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12 January 1863: “…the pony is very nearly starved into death.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 12 January 1863 from Charles Lockhart Pettigrew to his wife, Jane Caroline North Pettigrew.  The letter describes his visit to the area near Winston, NC where his slaves have been hired out to work on the … Continue reading

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